The televised World Cup hangover, at least in blue sauce, won’t be there (given the elimination suffered by the national team) and who knows how much the fact that the Qatar 2022 games are played between November and December will affect new handset sales (and not at the beginning of summer as is tradition). Of the more than 310 million euros from the TV Bonus, around 90 million were available at the beginning of April and at the latest in August (it will also depend on the speed of renovation of the park installed in second homes). In short, anyone who wants to take advantage of the resources allocated by Mise should hurry up and decide immediately whether to send the old device to scrap (the incentive goes up to 100 euros) or keep it firm after verifying that it is compatible with the parameters of the last digital shutdown. terrestrial. Looking at the supply side, what are the most interesting news to report? Seemingly little or nothing, there are (among others) two trends to watch out for: the journey towards 8K definition and the further evolution of OLED displays. With a common denominator that is artificial intelligence distributed almost everywhere in the operating brain and TV engine to drive performance, functionality and smart services.
Mini LED vs Oled
At Samsung, the message addressed to the enthusiastic home theater audience is condensed into two words: Neo QLed. The 8K models of the QN900 and QN800 families, available in 65, 75 and 85-inch sizes, are today the high point of the Korean manufacturer’s offering and, according to the direct stakeholders, are also the most advanced frontier in terms of density of color and contrast and image detail, regardless of the source quality of the content received. To take the user beyond the barrier of ultra-definition there is a neural processor with artificial intelligence that acts in a similar way to the human eye, highlighting the elements of the scene and keeping the focus on the object in the foreground in relation to the background . engage users in a vision that embraces the concept of three-dimensionality.
The news of Ces in Las Vegas
The rest is obviously done by the panel with its Mini LEDs controlled by the matrix based on quantum technology, while the sensors and software have the task of automatically adjusting the brightness of the screen according to the ambient light and directing the sounds to the environment. movement of objects on the screen. However, the top 85-inch 8K product costs 11,000 euros on the price list and for the entry-level 65-inch it takes more than 4,000, prices that attest to the nature of the products even for the lucky few. At LG, on the other hand, the availability in Italy of the new television collection presented last January at Ces in Las Vegas brings the best of OLED evo and QNED (Quantum Dot NanoCell) technology devices. The first, now landed on the G2 and C2 series models (from 42 to 83 inches), is currently the last stage of the organic diode lighting system, promises greater brightness between 20% and 30% compared to a traditional OLED panel and combines with the capabilities of the α9 Gen 5 processor, which leverages deep learning to improve upscaling performance and give images a three-dimensional depth.
At the moment there is only one LG OLED TV available on the market capable of this resolution, the Z2 series, available in sizes of 88 and 77 inches with costs that reach 25 thousand euros, while around 5 thousand are needed for the top models equipped with evo technology. Therefore, it is difficult for the challenge between Oled and Mini Led to be played on the 8K front, precisely because of the high development and production costs of Oled panels. The question to ask is perhaps another: is it worth buying an 8K TV now? Answering is difficult, because native 8K content for streaming and broadcasting is very few, and in their absence, it is far from obvious to be able to take full advantage of a cutting-edge technology television (and at least for the next 10 years) , but also quite expensive.